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On the Shortbus: Gay Filmmakers at Cannes


road.jpg John Cameron Mitchell's steamy exploration of character through sexual behavior, Shortbus, is long on buzz. Mitchell: "I actually like pornography, but I don't consider this film pornographic. I define — and most people do — pornography as devoid of artistic intent. The purpose of pornography is to arouse. I don't think anyone got [sexually aroused] watching this film. There is a certain provocation we had in mind with this film, but more important than that, we wanted to use sex as a metaphor for things that were, perhaps, universal, themes like connection and love and fear. We just thought the language of sex could be used the way the language of music could be used in a musical."

Dreamgirls_2road.jpg Dreamgirls cast glams it up on the terrace of the Martinez hotel...

road.jpg As Elton John was presenting the Chopard Trophy to Transamerica's Kevin Zegers, a photographer interrupted and touched off Elton's short fuse: "If you saw 'Transamerica' ... I'm talking ... you fuckwit, fucking photographers you should be shot, you should be all shot. Thank you."

road.jpg Ian McKellen says the Catholic church should welcome The Da Vinci Code: "I am only too happy to believe that Jesus was married. I know that the Catholic Church has problems with gay people and I thought this would be absolute proof that Jesus was not gay."

Almodovarroad.jpg Pedro Almodóvar's Volver "has captured the hearts of everyone at Cannes": "I went into a light and very agreeable trance watching this movie, which Almodóvar unfolds with a master's confidence: its ingenuities and contrivances float out of the screen. The cinematography and art direction by José Luis Alcaine and Salvador Parra give everything a gorgeous intensity that has the look of a Douglas Sirk film - and Almodóvar has something of Sirk's passionate empathy with women, mixed with a playful, gay sensibility."

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  1. Hey, this is a great site to join if you want to meet cute, normal gay guys! And it's not ALL about the hook up!

    Posted by: Roy | May 22, 2006 2:32:02 PM

  2. I can't wait to see Almodóvar's new movie. I think "All about my mother" is just about the most beautiful series of moments caught on film, and this one sounds like it might up the ante.

    Posted by: David | May 22, 2006 2:36:00 PM

  3. Hey, that's Paul DeBoy who has his arm around John Cameron Mitchell in that photo. Paul was the host of LOCKER ROOM, from Canda's PrideVision (now called OutTV) a hilarious half-hour comedy series about sports. It ran about 40 episodes. Great show.

    Posted by: Bill | May 22, 2006 3:14:14 PM

  4. J.Hud and Elliott Yamin are the two greatest vocal talents ever to lose American Idol.

    Posted by: Brian NYC | May 22, 2006 3:55:32 PM

  5. "In another ['Shortbus' scene], a naked young man belts out 'The Star-Spangled Banner' while engaged in three-way sex with gay lovers." Gee, thanks, Ms. Mitchell. Sorry "Piss Jesus" was already done. With fag filmmakers like you, who needs enemies? Why didn't you just write a check directly to Falwell or Focus on the Family?

    Posted by: Leland | May 22, 2006 4:07:43 PM

  6. With David on Almodovar's newest. You watch one of his movies, and almost every American film you've seen becomes in your mind a horrid and glitzy commercial.

    And, ah!, I knew Sir Ian wouldn't let me down. I was counting on him to blather on about gayness in SOME way with Da Vinci.

    Posted by: Jacko | May 22, 2006 4:32:59 PM

  7. That may be Paul DeBoy but that is not JCM....

    Posted by: David | May 22, 2006 5:12:03 PM

  8. I love McKellen's comment about the Bible needing a fiction disclaimer. How many christian zealots hoped comments like that would sink this film and claim a victory but with $240 million and the 2nd biggest worldwide opening in history in spite of the worldwide organized protests, I guess their hopes have been dashed.


    Posted by: Chad Hanging | May 22, 2006 9:13:11 PM

  9. Leland,

    Interesting point, but why the snarky tone?

    By the way, I believe "Piss Christ" (the actual name of the photograph to which, I think, you were referring when you said "Piss Jesus") was intended to criticize the commercialization and devaluation of Jesus' crucifixion in modern society. I doubt that JCM's intention, in "Shortbus," was to similarly criticize people's attitudes regarding "The Star-Spangled Banner" (although I have no way of knowing for sure, especially since I haven't even seen the film.

    Also: Mocking a man by addressing him as a woman ("Gee, thanks, Ms. Mitchell") is misogynistic, as it implies that being a woman is somehow "less than" being a man. And the use of the phrase "fag filmmaker" is unfortunate, since you presumably hail from the same oppressed minority as JCM. "Gay filmmaker" would have sufficed.

    All that having been said, I see your point and think it's totally valid, although I don't happen to feel the same way.

    Posted by: JOE 2 | May 22, 2006 11:08:05 PM

  10. Leland is a typical self loathing queer who dosen't want to piss off the straight establishment. Tom Delay would love you..

    Posted by: talldarkman | May 26, 2006 2:16:49 PM

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